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THREAT REMOVAL Pop-Ups Definition and Removal Manual

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TypeFake System Alert, Adware
Short DescriptionIt generates fake system alerts that should not be trusted.
SymptomsPop-up windows will be presented to the user.
Distribution MethodVia freeware packages (bundling), or clicking on suspicious links, fake Java/ Adobe updates, etc.
Detection toolDownload SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Pop-Ups

What Is Pop-Up? pop-up is a fake alert. It claims that your computer has been infected with some kind of malware. Then, it will offer you to call its hotline in order to receive assistance. You should not trust this pop-up as it has not been triggered by any malware on your computer. If it keeps appearing, then there sure is adware on it, however. Be sure to remove the program that is generating the pop-up as it can expose your system to virtual threats.

What Does Pop-Up Do?

Once pop-up appears, it will play this horrendous buzz. Then, it will display a warning claiming that there are infections on your computer and that you have to call a certain phone number to help you fix the problems with your PC. We do not recommend calling this number as there will be cyber criminals on the other end of the line. Their goal will be to scam you out of your money. Not only will calling the hotline rack up a huge phone bill, but cyber criminals may also require your personal and credit card details. You do not want to give them away as they will definitely use them to steal your money.

How Did I Get Pop-Up on My PC?

You can encounter this bogus alert in the wild by clicking some misleading link for instance. But if it has appeared seemingly out of nowhere, then there probably is an adware program on your computer that is generating it.

Such programs are often exploited by cyber criminals for their malicious purposes. What is more, they often find their way onto systems without even being noticed. This is done with the use of freeware installers. If you have recently downloaded some free program from a third-party website, then it has most likely been bundled with the adware. There are a few things you can do in order to prevent any adware from sneaking onto your computer:

  • Be sure to download software only from legitimate sources.
  • Do not hurry to complete the installation. Get acquainted with the presented information instead.
  • Opt for Advanced/Custom installation, so that you can decline any additional software that was going to be installed by default.

What Are the Dangers of Pop-Up?

As we mentioned, Pop-Up will try to scam you into giving away your money. However, the adware on your computer can also lead you to other websites that are managed by cyber criminals. Some will try to scam you, while others will try to infect your computer with malware and gain access to all of your sensitive information. This is why the adware needs to be removed as soon as possible.

How to Remove Pop-Up

To remove the fake alert, you must get rid of the adware. Normally, adware programs can be uninstalled manually. Go to Control Panel, open the list of programs, and remove any unfamiliar ones. But this will not suffice to ensure your computer is safe. More unwanted programs may be on it, and it is definitely susceptible to infection. This is why it is strongly recommended that you have a reliable antimalware program on your computer. It will locate and get rid of all intruders in a timely fashion. At the same time, it will protect the PC against future attempts at compromising it.

Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter

1. Remove/Uninstall Pop-Ups

1. Remove/Uninstall Pop-Ups in Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
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  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
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  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
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    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Pop-Ups.

    2. Restore the settings in your browser

    2. Remove Pop-Ups from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window


    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu


    Select Pop-Ups and click “Remove


    After Pop-Ups is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu


  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate Pop-Ups and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After Pop-Ups is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
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  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
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    Select Pop-Ups to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.


    After Pop-Ups has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.

    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on Pop-Ups
    Click ‘Uninstall’


    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Pop-Ups. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Pop-Ups will be removed.

    3. Remove Pop-Ups automatically with Spy Hunter Malware - Removal Tool.

    3. Remove Pop-Ups automatically with Spy Hunter Malware – Removal Tool.

    To clean your computer with the award-winning software Spy Hunter – donload_now_140
    It is highly recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter.


    Milena Dimitrova

    An inspired writer and content manager who has been with SensorsTechForum for 4 years. Enjoys ‘Mr. Robot’ and fears ‘1984’. Focused on user privacy and malware development, she strongly believes in a world where cybersecurity plays a central role. If common sense makes no sense, she will be there to take notes. Those notes may later turn into articles! Follow Milena @Milenyim

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